Have you visited Bristol’s newest waterside terrace yet?
There has never been a better time to discover The Pontoon – a newly refurbished bar and kitchen at the Riverstation, named after the pub’s very own docking bay. With its unrivalled harbourside location, and expansive terrace, it’s one of Bristol’s best al fresco spots, from breakfast and brunch through to lunch and dinner and everything in between.
Inside, a palette of blues reflects its waterside location and floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light, making the best of The Pontoon’s views of the River Avon whilst the large outside riverside terrace is one of the city’s buzziest dining and drinking spots.
Come on foot (Bristol Temple Meads and the City Centre is just 5 minutes away) or by boat direct to The Pontoon, and discover inspiring seasonal British dishes and sharing plates, local beers and ciders and expertly crafted cocktails. Look out for the venue’s regular supper club cruises that include cocktails in The Pontoon and dinner in the restaurant.
The menu features a selection of small plates – pick and mix three for £15 with choices such as sweet cured salmon with gin cucumber, asparagus and pea shoots, air dried Parma ham with peppered strawberries, rocket and balsamic, or opt for veggie dishes like crispy polenta, truffle oil and Sussex Charmer cheese and the smashed beetroot and chickpea dips with pumpkin seeds, radish and carrot sticks.
Larger plates feature classics like Cumberland sausages with champ and greens, battered cod with chunky chips and crushed peas, a burger and The Pontoon’s seasonal savoury tart, made using only the freshest ingredients available on the day.
Weekend brunch is a big deal here, with a range of dishes from the virtuous to the sinful. Crushed avocado on toasted sourdough and braised pork belly with Riverstation baked beans feature alongside French toast with blueberries, crème fraiche and honey and granola with yoghurt and berries.
Behind the bar, there’s six beers and ciders on tap including brews from Young’s as well as craft serves from Lost & Grounded and cider from Somerset favourite, Thatchers Gold. Wine connoisseurs can indulge in a carefully curated selection of wines from around the world or the Riverstation’s expert bartenders will create a cocktail that’s guaranteed to rock your boat.
For those looking for more formal dining, the Riverstation restaurant is a beautiful open floor space overlooking the river. Chef Alex Parson’s menu features only the best locally sourced ingredients in elegant dishes with everything, from the sourdough bread to the ice cream, made in-house. The thoughtfully compiled wine list features over 60 wines, with more than 14 available by the glass, including British varietals like Bolney sparkling.
You can book any of the Riverstation’s spaces exclusively, from the 30- capacity private dining room through to the restaurant and The Pontoon.
For more information, visit www.riverstation.co.uk